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Plans unveiled to replace fire-ravaged Christie hospital cancer unit

14.03.19: Plans for a new cancer research centre in Manchester has been revealed to replace a fire-damaged building at the Christie hospital. The regeneration of the Paterson building, which was destroyed in a huge fire in 2017, sets out plans for a...

Structural defects ‘boggle the imagination’ at Roseberry hospital and will take five years to fix

13.03.19: A hospital plagued with structural problems will take “four to five years” to fully repair after a special task force found “serious failings” by contractors had caused avoidable but serious defects. Roseberry Park H...

BMA to sue government over pension changes resulting in ‘huge’ losses

12.03.19: The British Medical Association (BMA) is to sue the government on behalf of thousands of doctors who have claimed they have been forced to join a pension scheme that will result in “huge financial losses” when they retire. BMA s...

Hospitals face fines for missing sepsis targets under new NHS England rules

12.03.19: Hospitals could be fined if they fail to meet new targets for detecting and treating sepsis under new NHS England rules coming into effect in April. The guidance requires staff to alert doctors of all patients suspected of having the deadly...

Capital investment in NHS being slashed to cover rising day-to-day costs, new report reveals

08.03.19: A short-term approach to NHS funding has led to “years of declining and inadequate” capital spending for the health service, according to a new report from the Health Foundation. The charity has warned that an ageing infrastruct...

Public satisfaction with NHS hits 11-year low over long waiting times and staff shortages

07.03.19: Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade with frustrations over waiting times driving the dissatisfaction, new research has shown. The British Social Attitudes poll found that 53% of people were satis...

NHS pays £35m in tax penalties for staff breaching pension limits

21.02.19: Nearly £35m was paid by the NHS for thousands of staff members who broke limits on pensions savings, according to the Financial Times. Data released to the FT by the NHS Business Services Authority reportedly shows that there wer...

88-year-old NHS secretary become oldest ever person to win age discrimination case

07.02.19: An 88-year-old hospital secretary has become the oldest person to ever win an age discrimination case after she was marched out of her office by security and sacked when colleagues complained about her age and “frailty.” Eileen...

Couple receives £650k pay out over girl’s delayed meningitis diagnosis

06.02.19: An NHS trust is to pay out £650,000 to a couple after failing to diagnose their adopted child with meningitis fast enough, leaving her with brain damage and acute disability up until her death. London’s High Court heard that in...

Procurement can be a catalyst for system working

06.02.19: Sara Bainbridge, head of policy and delivery at NHS Clinical Commissioners, discusses some of her organisation’s work on integration and the long-term plan, and shares some practical examples. The NHS Long-Term Plan has confirmed that...

Children ‘at risk of harm’ at under-fire United Lincolnshire trust’s general hospital

04.02.19: Children at the Pilgrim Hospital are being “placed at risk of harm” after inspectors rated the general hospital as ‘inadequate’ just months after taking urgent action to prevent patients being exposed to harm. The CQ...

New chief executive appointed to King’s College Hospital Trust in financial special measures

04.02.19: King’s College Hospital Trust (KCHT) has appointed Clive Kay as its new chief executive as it tries to tackle a budget deficit of over £100m and drive itself out of financial special measures. One of the largest hospital trusts...

Trusts urged to review spinal surgery practice to reduce cases of paralysis and save NHS £27m

30.01.19: Up to £27m could be saved by the NHS improving its spinal surgery services as the health service spends millions on compensation for patients given delayed treatment, a government report has found. Getting It Right First Time’s...

Long-term plan: moving on up

30.01.19: Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, reflects on the NHS Long-Term Plan, and outlines the vital role the voluntary and independent sectors will play in the future of the health service. The government’s long-term p...

Woman sues NHS for £1m compensation to start new family after medical mistakes left her infertile

28.01.19: The NHS has been ordered to pay over £1m for a woman to have four surrogate babies in America after medical failures left her infertile – but health chiefs have applied to the Supreme Court for permission to challenge the decision. ...

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Aesop Institute 2019: for health and arts professionals

20/03/2019Aesop Institute 2019: for health and arts professionals

Aesop Institute 2019 is a continuing professional development programme for busy health and arts professionals with an interest in devising and r... more >
NHS cancer services under ‘immense strain’ due to ‘dire’ staffing shortages

19/03/2019NHS cancer services under ‘immense strain’ due to ‘dire’ staffing shortages

A shortage of cancer specialists is hurting patients’ chances of receiving treatments and putting them at risk, according to the Royal Coll... more >
Chief executive at England’s worst performing mental health trust to step down

19/03/2019Chief executive at England’s worst performing mental health trust to step down

The chief executive of a special measures mental health trust is stepping down after less than a year in the job. Antek Lejk is to leave his... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18/03/2019Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan, released earlier this year, highlights how the prevention of avoidable health problems linked to sm... more >
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A Critical Moment for the NHS

07/03/2019A Critical Moment for the NHS

As part of our guest blog series, chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer, reflects on a recently published Health Foundation ... more >
Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

06/03/2019Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

With around 1,500 alcohol-related hospital stays for both adults and under 18s at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year, it... more >
Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

14/02/2019Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... more >
ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

14/02/2019ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data pr... more >


How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >

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